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David Ortiz says he was humiliated by the Red Sox in the offseason

Jul 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

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David Ortiz is having a fantastic season, though one frequently interrupted by complaints about some thing or another. The latest: he thought the Red Sox wanting to go year to year with him this past offseason rather than give him a two-year deal was humiliating, and he didn’t hesitate to tell USA Today about it:

“It was humiliating. There’s no reason a guy like me should go through that,” Ortiz said. “All I was looking for was two years, at the same salary [$12.5 million].

“They ended up giving me [$2.025 million] more than that , and look at my numbers this year. Tell me if they wouldn’t have been better off. And yet they don’t hesitate to sign other guys. It was embarrassing.”

Well, yes, in hindsight a two-year, $25 million deal will probably have been better than Ortiz’s $14.575 million he got this year plus whatever he’ll get for 2013.  But it’s not like it was some snub by Boston. It’s pretty reasonable — always pretty reasonable — to assume a player of Ortiz’s age and skill set doesn’t have a full tank left. Eventually he’s gonna fall off a cliff.

He didn’t this year. Because of that, he’s going to get much more for 2012 and 2013 than he would have had he gotten the deal he wanted. A deal which, for some reason, I get the feeling Ortiz would be grumbling about being too big a bargain for the Sox had he signed it.

  1. jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    He could really do a number on the Red Sox by signing with you know who in the Bronx! Mets might take him if he were really desperate. Marlins, too.

  2. 1historian - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Dave – You are getting paid more than $14,500,000 per YEAR to play a game.

    Since you are a DH, that means that you are getting paid more than $14,500,000 per YEAR to do WHAT? – to hit a baseball either into fair territory out of the reach of marauding outfielders or just out of whatever damn park you happen to be in at the time between 28 & 30% of the time that you come to bat.

    What’s the problem?

    Better yet – GET OVER IT

  3. 1historian - Jul 6, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Red Sox fans (I used to be one) – No one is MAKING you go to the ballpark and pay those ridiculous prices.

  4. md23rewlz - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Does anybody complain at as high a volume as David Ortiz? If it’s not him complaining about the media “being mean” when he’s hitting .200 with no power for the first month (as he did two seasons ago), then it’s him complaining about his contract or about the Boston clubhouse not being fun or a million other things. Dude just needs to chill and never talk again.

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